Christchurch resembles a slice of an English city. The lovely Gothic style architecture, the surrounding greenery makes this city of New Zealand a popular tourist destination. Despite the overwhelming conservative English ambiance, the influx of immigrants from all over the world, and the growing indigenous Maori community are rapidly changing the demographic structure of Christchurch.
Christchurch is now a cosmopolitan city, where you will find several Asian restaurants. The growing art scenario of the city makes it a favorite destination for art aficionados.
Christchurch Airport is the main international airport of South Island. You can arrive from any part of the world directly to Christchurch via air. There are also buses and trains connecting Christchurch to different cities of New Zealand.
You can explore the city in buses, taxis or hired vehicles. However, the quaint trams passing through the main city streets are undoubtedly the most popular means of conveyance for visitors.
There is so much to see in Christchurch. You can start your trip from Cathedral Square, lying at the middle of the city. The Christchurch Cathedral, located in the square is noted for its opulent Gothic Revival style architecture. Visitors can scale the spire of the cathedral to get a bird’s eye view of the city.
Christchurch is popular for its art museums. The Arts Center, housed in another Gothic Revival style building of the city, displays the best arts and crafts of the country. The Canterbury Museum holds exhibits of man-made and natural objects. The attractions of this museum include the gallery of Maori works, stunning jade items, the Antarctic Halls and several interactive exhibits. The Christchurch Art Gallery has an impressive metal and glass collage on display. This museum has a sections devoted to historical, 20th century and contemporary arts.
Christchurch is the gateway to the Antarctica. It is blessed with abundant natural resources. The International Antarctic Center is the place to get a first hand experience of the life on the ice-covered continent. You can take some time to visit the Botanic Gardens of the city. Orana Wildlife Park is the place to watch indigenous birds, including the kiwis, reptiles and exotic big cats. In the Southern Encounter Aquarium and Kiwi House, you can get a glimpse of the marine life of the region.